Ex-judge sets his sights on Brady’s congressional seat

The new bound­ary lines won’t be known for months, but former Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Jim­mie Moore has filed pa­per­work with the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, be­gin­ning the pro­cess of run­ning in the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

Moore, a Demo­crat, would chal­lenge Rep. Bob Brady in the April 2012 Demo­crat­ic primary.

The Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled state le­gis­lature will draw the bound­ar­ies for the state’s 18 con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts, one few­er than the last dec­ade. That’s be­cause, while Pennsylvania gained pop­u­la­tion in the last 10 years, the growth was at a slower rate than the rest of the na­tion.

Right now, the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict in­cludes por­tions of Delaware County and city neigh­bor­hoods such as South and South­w­est Phil­adelphia, Kens­ing­ton, Frank­ford and Castor Gar­dens.

Moore, who’ll form­ally an­nounce his can­did­acy next month, has a mas­ter’s de­gree in urb­an edu­ca­tion and a law de­gree from Rut­gers Uni­versity. He served as a judge for the last 12 years.

If elec­ted, he will try to de­vel­op en­vir­on­ment­ally friendly, sus­tain­able jobs. He fash­ions him­self, in a way, after Pres­id­ent Barack Obama.

“Over the com­ing weeks, I will con­tin­ue to build my team and travel around the dis­trict, talk­ing to res­id­ents about the is­sues they find most press­ing, and in Ju­ly, I will form­ally an­nounce my cam­paign for Con­gress to bring the change that our dis­trict des­per­ately needs,” he said.

“Wash­ing­ton is out of touch with what’s hap­pen­ing to our fam­il­ies and com­munit­ies. Spe­cial in­terests have more power than the people. Just like a young com­munity or­gan­izer from Chica­go, I have hope, a vis­ion and a be­lief in giv­ing back and help­ing oth­ers.”

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Al Tauben­ber­ger, a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for an at-large City Coun­cil seat, is glad that Coun­cil re­jec­ted May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s call to raise the tax on sug­ar-sweetened bever­ages.

“This soda tax is a pi­ti­ful ef­fort to squeeze a few more dol­lars from hard-work­ing Phil­adelphi­ans in or­der to cov­er the fisc­al mis­man­age­ment of the city’s gov­ern­ment and the Phil­adelphia school dis­trict,” he said.

The rev­en­ue from the pro­posed tax of 2 cents per ounce on a bever­age would have been dir­ec­ted to the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia.

Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the tax would have hurt bot­tling plants and corner gro­cery stores. He sug­ges­ted that people who live near the city lim­its or work in sur­round­ing counties would do their gro­cery shop­ping out­side Phil­adelphia.

While Coun­cil de­clined to pass the sug­ar tax, it is ex­pec­ted this week to pass a pack­age that in­cludes high­er real es­tate taxes.

The 10-per­son at-large race fea­tures the five Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bents and Re­pub­lic­an chal­lengers Tauben­ber­ger, Dav­id Oh, Den­nis O’Bri­en, Joe Mc­Col­gan and Mi­chael Un­ter­mey­er.

The top sev­en are elec­ted in the fall. Two seats are re­served for the minor­ity party, which for 60 years has been the Re­pub­lic­ans. The five Demo­crats are shoo-ins be­cause of their party’s huge voter-re­gis­tra­tion ad­vant­age.

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Mc­Col­gan, mean­while, is also op­posed to plans to raise taxes.

“More taxes will nev­er solve a prob­lem that is sys­tem­ic and needs an over­haul, not a bail­out,” he said.

Mc­Col­gan wants to elim­in­ate the School Re­form Com­mis­sion and fire Schools Su­per­in­tend­ent Ar­lene Ack­er­man. He be­lieves in the ax­iom, “Nev­er throw good money after bad.”

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Rich­ie An­ti­puna, a Kens­ing­ton res­id­ent who hosts a cable tele­vi­sion show, will run for city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er as a mem­ber of the Green Party.

“I hon­estly want to run for city com­mis­sion­er to show oth­er reg­u­lar people that any­one can run against the cor­rupt Demo­crats who con­trol this city,” he said. “I re­mem­ber when politi­cians walked around the neigh­bor­hood — even when it wasn’t elec­tion time. That’s the kind of com­mis­sion­er I plan to be.”

The gen­er­al elec­tion will also fea­ture Demo­crats Stephanie Sing­er and An­thony Clark and Re­pub­lic­ans Al Schmidt and Joe Duda. Sing­er ous­ted nine-term in­cum­bent Marge Tartagli­one in the primary. Clark is an ob­scure, one-term in­cum­bent.

Schmidt, who was not en­dorsed by the party in the primary, fin­ished a close second to in­cum­bent Duda and well ahead of party-en­dorsed Mar­ie Delany.

The top three fin­ish­ers in Novem­ber are elec­ted.

An­oth­er Green Party can­did­ate is Cheri Honkala, the long­time hous­ing act­iv­ist run­ning for sher­iff. She’s in a three-way race with Demo­crat Jew­ell Wil­li­ams and Re­pub­lic­an Joshua West. She’s run­ning on a plat­form of end­ing fore­clos­ure-caused evic­tions un­til the eco­nomy im­proves. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

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